What STIs Does Traditional Protection NOT Protect You From?

Sexual Health Advice

When it comes to preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections, condoms are a fantastic barrier; however, they are not 100% effective. When used correctly, condoms are around 98% effective, but many people do not put the condoms on at the right time or in the correct way, which means the average is actually 85%

Condoms and diaphragms are the only contraceptives that help protect against the spread of STIs

Even when used as designed, condoms will still not protect against all STIs. In particular, those infections which are passed on by skin-to-skin contact rather than through bodily fluids. The most common of these include:


This bacterial infection can still be passed on without a condom, and the most common symptoms include sores appearing. 


Herpes is another skin-to-skin infection, and symptoms include sores appearing around the genitals and mouth. 

Genital Warts 

Genital warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and are considered a relatively low-risk STI. The virus can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact on areas not covered by a condom. 

Want to keep yourself protected?

While you should always make sure that you are wearing a condom when having intercourse, you should also regularly go for STI testing in Northern Ireland. This will give you a clear insight into your sexual health and ensure that you are not experiencing any symptomless diseases. 

Here at JACE, we know that there is still a stigma around testing, which is why we offer our patients discreet and straightforward tests that can be carried out at home. These test kits will allow you to take the tests in your own time before simply mailing them back to us. Our medical experts will then review each test and get back to you with the results within seven days. 

Want to find out more? Book your test today, or get in touch with our team. 


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